11. Dezember 2017 – 12. Dezember 2017
PeClA 2017 – Resources: Power and Connectivity in the Ancient Mediterranean
Speaking of resources one usually thinks directly of the copper ingots on the Uluburun shipwreck or the grain from Egypt in the later periods. However, the range of resources being traded and consumed by the ancient Mediterranean societies was much broader than that! It encompassed not only the omnipresent metals and other raw materials, such as stones, minerals, clay or agricultural products, but also ready‐made tools or even human power and the related transfer of knowledge and technologies. Therefore, the primary aim of the conference will be to identify all the possible facets of the catch‐all term Resources, from Prehistory to Late Antiquity. A diachronic approach in environmental archaeology and resource procurement strategies can offer results in shifting networks and economic background.
While the commonly used means of geoarcheology, archaeometry, archeobotany or archeozoology are welcomed, we would like to discuss the social and political dimension of resource handling: What was the impact of unequal geographical distribution of resources across the Mediterranean? How was their mining, production and distribution organised? Who was in control? What about trade of perishable items, such as textiles, horses and slaves? This brings us also to the old question: is there a causal link between the resources, trade networks and connectivity as such in the Mediterranean? A broader employment of a post‐colonial perspective can be especially useful in this respect.
Conceived broadly, this theme gives young scholars the full opportunity to present and discuss their opinions and thoughts applicable to the theme. Papers from postgraduates in all stages of their research, both theoretical and practical are welcome.
Barbara Horejs (OREA)
Resources and their impact on Aegean-Anatolian societies through time. A view from prehistory